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Canada Express Entry: A 2020 Guide to Fast-Track Your Migration to Canada!

This article tells you all about the Point-based Express Entry system, the fastest of all migration programs to Canada. Read on.

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"Of the 1.3 million new permanent residents that Canada is planning for by the end of 2021, nearly a quarter - 331,000 - are projected to come through the three economic immigration classes managed by Express Entry, based on their annual targets." - CIC News

The Canada Express Entry process follows a points-based system called a Comprehensive Ranking System or CRS. Points are allotted to applicants based on skills, experience, employment history, and provincial/territorial nomination.

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What is the Canada Express Entry System?

Express Entry is a point-based Canada immigration regulatory system developed by the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2015. With this system, the Canadian government can manage skilled worker applications wanting to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

Applicants with the highest points receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for PR in Canada.

There are three significant immigration programs under Express Entry – 

  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
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What is the Eligibility Criteria for Canada Express Entry?

The eligibility criteria for the express Entry are:

  • A test proving adequate knowledge of English or French
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) positive report
  • A score of at least 67 points to qualify for some programs
  • Good medical health
  • Ability to clear the debt
  • No age barrier, but no point are awarded for over 47 years

Eligibility criteria for Express Entry differ according to the selected program.

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Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is point-based. It assigns points to applicants after assessing various factors. The factors and sub-factors are explained below.

There are a total of 1200 points. You must remember –

  • Core or Human Capital factor + Spouse or common-law partner factors = Maximum 500 points
  • Core or Human Capital factor + Spouse or common-law partner factors + Transferability factors = Maximum 600 points
  • Core or Human Capital factor + Spouse or common-law partner factors + Transferability factors + Additional factors = Maximum 1200 points

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What Documents are Required for the Canada Express Entry Visa?

The documents required for the Express entry depend on two stages:

  • Profile submission
  • Permanent residency application submission

For profile submission you’d need:

  • Passport
  • Report of Educational Credential Assessment
  • Results of the language test
  • Employment offer (if received)
  • Provincial nomination ((if accepted)

For permanent residence application submission, you need:

  • Proof of funds
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Medical examination report

Proof of funds

Proof of funds is the way the immigrants show that they have enough finance for immigration to Canada. The programs that require the showing of proof of funds are –

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Experience Class (CEC) program.

Showing proof of funds for Express Entry

You need to show proof of funds for Express Entry. If it is not required, you must write a letter. The letter must state the reason for not showing it.

The reasons can be -

  • You have got a valid job offer.
  • You are invited to apply under the Canadian

Accepted proof of funds

Things that are accepted as proof of funds are –

  • Money in a joint account (if your spouse is accompanying you)
  • Cash
  • Bonds
  • Treasury bills
  • Debentures
  • Money orders
  • Banker’s drafts
  • Traveler’s cheque
  • Official letters from any financial institutions. 

These letters must have:

  • The letterhead of the specific financial institution
  • Your name
  • Their contact details
  • The list of any outstanding debts like loans
  •  All account numbers (if more than one)
  •  The date of the opening of each account
  • The present balance in the accounts
  • The average balance calculated for the last six months

Not counted as proof of funds

Things that cannot be counted as proof of funds are –

  • Valuation of real properties
  • Borrowed money
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How to Apply for the Canada PR Express Entry Visa?

You can apply to Canada PR express entry by following the steps given below:

  1. Check if you are eligible for the program
  2. Collect all the required documents
  3. Create your Express Entry profile
  4. Submit the profile
  5. The candidates are selected based on their CRS scores
  6. The applicant with the highest score gets an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  7. After the ITA, candidates have to apply within 60 days for permanent residence
  8. If selected, you have to submit additional documents
  9. After verification, you can get PR in Canada

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What are the Costs Involved in an Express Entry 2020?

The fee that you must submit for Express Entry differs. It depends on your application. The various fee structures are given in the table below.

Nature of Applications

Fees of Express Entry In Canadian Dollars (CAD)

Application Processing Fee + Right of Permanent Residence Fee

$ 1325

Application Processing Fee

$825

Application Processing Fee + Right of Permanent Residence Fee (Spouse or Common-Law Partner Included) 

$1325

Application Processing Fee (Spouse or Common-Law Partner Included)

$825

Right of Permanent Residence Fee

$500

Dependent Child

$225 for each child

 

Other Costs to Consider:

  • Educational Credential Assessments: around 300 CAD per person
  • Language tests: around 300 CAD per test
  • Provincial nomination, if applicable: between 250 CAD (New Brunswick) and 1,500 CAD (Ontario).

Other miscellaneous expenses: certificates, notaries, translations, courier deliveries, affidavits, biometrics, etc.

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What is the Processing Time for Canada Express Entry Visa?

It usually takes around 6 months to process the application once it is received. It is important for the applicant to provide all the necessary documents before the processing window opens.

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